Leeds United: Pascal Struijk named in provisional Netherlands squad for World Cup
Pascal Struijk has been named in the provisional Netherlands squad for the 2022 World Cup after his excellent Leeds form this season.
The defender has been playing at left-back for much of the season and has clearly impressed Louis van Gaal, who has named him among 39 players in a provisional squad for the tournament that begins next month.
Struijk has been capped three times at youth level for the Under-17’s, but has never earned a full-cap for the senior side and could make his bow in Qatar if included in the final squad.
Netherlands will face Senegal, Ecuador and hosts Qatar in the group stages as they look to be crowned world champions for the first time ever.
The 39 man list will be cut down to 26 before November 13th, one week before the tournament is scheduled to begin.
This is brilliant news for Struijk and great recognition for Leeds that they have helped develop this player into an international calibre ace.
Struijk has made his name as a centre-back for most of his career but after injuries to Stuart Dallas and Junior Firpo he began the season at left-back and has kept his place despite the Spaniard returning to fitness recently.
His energy and quality at both ends of the pitch have been a great surprise for Marsch, who initially saw his involvement in that position as a short-term option.
But his form has now seen him come into contention internationally for the first time and if he is able to keep it up over the next five games before the season breaks, then it could be the biggest achievement of his career to date.
It’s well deserved and hopefully he can go and win the thing so Leeds can have a world champion in the squad for the second half of the season.
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